We checked out Buffalo Bill State Park Campground first. Even though it had electric and was kind of scenic it was out on a dirt road. Nice place to camp but not so convenient for area sight seeing. GPS also took us to the wrong location so we ended up just following  the signs which can be somewhat problematic on unfamiliar roads. We had camped at Holiday Park on several occasions but this was the first time we visited venues or even drove into the town of North Platte. After setting up the trailer we went for a walk on a concrete canal path near the park and the next day we went to Buffalo Bill’s historic ranch. The famed frontiersman had the ranch house barns and other buildings built on empty land in North Platte near the Union Pacific rail yard. He called the ranch Scouts Rest and planned to retire there but a conversation with the Mayor over a July Fourth celebration launched his career as an international showman.

Scout's Rest


 This career ended when one of his three show trains was involved in a fatal crash destroying many of his specially trained horses. William Cody better known as Buffalo Bill was a great under appreciated American and one of the only civilian Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Paid women and Indians the same as he paid white men and was more complicated then the "Dime Store Cowboy" he is portrayed as. If you havnt read his autobiography ,still available in libraries you should.

Scout's Rest main
        houseScout's Rest Barn
The Barn wasn't empty as it was filled with an array of period appropriate wagons. Scout's Rest wasn't Cody's first ranching endeavor

Original ranch




Cody's first ranch
        cabinInside the Cabin


The next day we went to The Golden Spike Tower overlooking the Union Pacific’s Baily  train yard the largest in the World.


Golden Spike
        Tower
For you history buffs the actual Golden Spike a 17.5 carat golden spike aka the last spike  was driven into into the rail joining the Central Pacific and Union Pacific creating the first trans continental rail line in Promontory Summit, Utah not North Platte , Nebraska

Bailey Yard Diesel ShopBailey
        Yard


From the Golden Spike Tower we drove down town and visited the Memorial and spent aa short while reading names and looking st the statues of the Military hero's honored at the Twentieth Century Militery Memorial
twentieth Century Veterens MemorialTwentieth
        Centery Veterens Memorial


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Chimney Rock, Fort Robinson and the Mastodon's


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